Saturday, February 15, 2014

Blog Tour Stop: A Fighting Chance by AJ Sand
Jesse Chance is a bastard.

And that’s all he heard his entire life growing up once news got out that he was the illegitimate child of womanizing ex-con, Henry Chance.

Stuck in Glory, Texas, a town too small to escape the sins of his parents, Jesse turned into exactly what everyone expected him to be: a lover of liquor and women, and so good with his fists, he became a teenage champion of the secret underground fighting rings that float around the South, while doubting the only people who ever believed he could be more, his ailing mother, and his girlfriend, Drew Hallisay.

But determined to make his mother’s dying wish come true, he enrolled in a college on the East Coast, far away from his past. Jesse Chance is reborn into a new life, and set on keeping Glory, Texas--and Henry Chance--in his rear view.

Until a visit from his father in the middle of the night changes everything.

Forced to return to Glory to prevent a tragedy, Jesse is soon back on the fighting circuit with Drew's help and facing the history he was so desperate to escape, the part of him he would prefer to hide.

As he slips back into his old ways--Henry Chance's ways--he finds himself torn between the guy he was and the one he’s been struggling to become. And in a world dead set on betting against you, can you ever really overcome your past… or your destiny?

Karmen's Review
4 stars out of 5

What can I say? I love this author. I love her other books and was so excited to read a new gritty, dark story from her. A book with lots of drama and hot underground fighters!

A Fighting Chance is filled with heartbreak, setbacks, redemption and second chances! I don't think Jesse Chance is a bastard. Even though he grew up believing and his small town saying he is. He was raised by a single mom and spent his time drinking and fighting illegally. His high school girlfriend, Drew, stood by his side throughout. But after his mother passes, Jesse leaves everything behind to start fresh--new college, new attitude, new girlfriend --basically a new life away from his past.

But of course, his past catches up to him. Also known as his dead-beat dad. Ugh...I hated that man. Trying to do the right thing, Jesse goes back to his small town to help out a situation that his Dad is in, but it turns out that it's more of a bargain than he thought. This book takes you through the chaos of  what Jesse goes through to make things right for his family. And he gets to reconnect with Drew after all these years. Even though these two moved on, there is still love between the two. And a lot of hurt!

I loved that this book is racially diverse. The main characters are not your typical "All-American" college students. It was refreshing read

Not only is A Fighting Chance and standalone (Yes, no cliffhangers or a series!), it's a fabulous read that will take you on a wild ride with lots of action, violence, twists, and  hot romance thrown in it. A must read  to add to your TBR list!

Jenn's Review
4 stars out of 5

So I have to agree with my Asian counterpart I love this author and her books. So I was excited when we got A Fighting Chance

I have to say first I loved the main characters name Jesse Chance. It just screams bad boy.  This book had a lot of angst and heartache and there were a few times I wanted to scream at my kindle but I kept going.  Jesse has spent his whole life fighting against his inner demons, his father and what other people have said about him.   Parts of this story are raw and gritty and there is some violence but there is also romance and second chances. 

Jesse's college girlfriend grated on my nerves a little but that is to be expected.  I love how he and Drew reconnected again and realized that had some unresolved stuff.   So yeah, I really did like this book and Jesse's story and the outcome.  Definitely read this book..


A.J. Sand grew up an only child whose parents bought her many, many books to keep her busy, so it was only natural that she would start writing her own stories. She is the author of “Documentary,” “Remake” and “Recklessly.” She lives just outside of Washington, D.C.
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